DShaull315 - Great UI, Hilariously Flawed AI
I have had this App for years. And have played a lot. I love Catan and the app is pretty good, but as seen in other reviews there is both silly and frustrating AI behavior. They definitely team up on you when you’re about to win, but not each other. The probability of 7’s being rolled when you’re about to win is comically probable. The AI definitely play knight cards when they don’t even have development cards. The trading with AI is tilted toward the human player—basically because you can always keep asking them over and over what they would give to maximize your gain, which no human would put up with. The AI will sometimes build roads in directions that have no value whatsoever. And while I believe that the dice roll may match the bell curve, there is definitely a high probability of your numbers being rolled while it’s blocked by the robber. And also a higher likelihood than normal that all your numbers will get rolled in sequence followed by a seven. I think the AI’s weren’t smart enough initially to challenge human players, so they added all of these strange handicaps.
Abraham stinkin city of licoln - Terrible design and layout. DO NOT PAY FOR THIS GAME
Game is not worth $5 by any stretch of anyones imagination. Terrible layout. 40% of the game screen is water/unused surface, but for some reason they lay the ridiculous emojis over ur opponents running score. The game selection menu is junk. Worse than junk. Hot, sweaty, junky junk. If someone does not accept to join game, all players are reshuffled per each not acceptance and have to accept each time a new player even enters the screen. Makes no sense. Worst part is people not playing. There is apparently no time limit on turns, which is obnoxious, and when someone quits mid game, instead of just switching over to AI player seamlessly, all players are logged out to menu screen and have to re-accept playing a game that they are already playing. The game freezes constantly. Like 60% of the time. It’s like the have one server. You are likely to complete about 20% of games started because either the game freezes, someone else quits mid game and it just idles endlessly, or you quit yourself out of frustration. Whoever designed this game should have an immediate reduction in pay, or at minimum should have to spend the months of June-August scrubbing the Oakland Coliseum mens room latrines….. if u have never been there, it is a community urinal…… sooooo….. u know…… gross…… just like this game layout and functions. Yuck. THIS GAME IS FRIGGIN GARBAGE!!! I want my money back.
Michaelbcosta - Fun Game, Unfair A.I.
Great base game, but the programmers have not taken the time to implement proper A.I. Instead of the computer using strategy and cunning, it will manipulate the outcome so the robber is constantly thrown against you, rolls on your settlements are then thrown while robber occupied. As well, even when using the Stack dice roll option, if the computer can’t outthink you, it will devolve into ignoring the Stack rule and give your numbers less roll chance (I have screenshots proving this). Lastly, and the most obvious and annoying cheap tactic is that when playing against three A.I. opponents, one of them always seems to relegated itself as the sacrificial lamb in order to trade whatever the other two A.I. players need at any given time. Again, the base game is great, the different modes are super fun, but the unfair A.I. curbs the excitement. An important note- I’m not saying this out of frustration because I’m losing, I probably win 65%+ of the time, but I want to win against an A.I. with more fine-tuned programming. Lastly, I hope the devs aren’t saving all their programming efforts for the always online, less awesome version of Catan. PLEASE just perfect this one! Thank you!!
Bananas for words - So many bugs in this game!
As much as I like playing Catan, this game can be soooo frustrating, and the obvious bugs never seem to get fixed. The computer randomly matches you to other players, and more than half the time, there is one dormant (unresponsive) player that never indicates he is ready so the game cannot start for anyone. You‘ll cancel out of that game and get assigned to a new one, and the same thing will often occur. I’ve had it happen 4 times in a row, and it’s very common to try for 10 minutes just to get a game started. In addition to that bug, there is the frequent occurrence of a player going offline in the middle of a game and hanging up the game for everyone else for 2-3 full minutes, and sometimes permanently. Actually completing a game successfully (after finally getting one started) happens only 2/3 of the time. Then there’s the issue of playing against the computer. Even at the medium level of difficulty, the computer player frequently benefits from inexplicable dice roll odds which can drive you nuts! I hope the developers will fix these bugs to make the electronic game as much fun as the board game.
80NES - Decent but AI is blatantly aimed against you
I loved the board game and truly excited and have enjoyed the creation of this app; however, the Artificial Intelligence is clearly calculated against you and to an unrealistic degree.
I know the roll of the die are left up to “chance,” but your number gets rolled repeatedly once the robber has been placed on that number. Once you are ahead and nearing victory, you will get hit with an onslaught of knight cards, robber rolls, monopoly cards and 12+ rolls with not a single one of your numbers coming up in order to keep you at bay. You could offer the same trade to an AI player that they just offered you and they reject it, to only re-offer it on their subsequent turn.
I don’t want a game where human intellect can easily outthink a simple cyclical algorithm from the Computer, and I genuinely appreciate the cunningness of the AI thwarting you in strategic ways. But, I have often just quit a game when it becomes a relentless calculated attack. I wish the creators could make the adjustment to receive the 5 stars this app otherwise warrants.
Skippyyo - Faithful Recreation for Mobile
There’s not much to say, if you like the game, you’ll likely enjoy the app as it is faithful to the original game. I’ve played 100’s of games and can tell you the dice roll randomly (though you will still lose some games due to them not always following the bell curve), and there’s nothing to back up the game being rigged besides some users feeling cheated that a game had an unusual number of 12’s or 3’s. You can even check the stats at the end of the game to see what numbers were rolled most often.
It’s main fault comes with the AI. The computer players have limited intelligence and will allow you to always fish for a better trade deal or build towards a spot you’ll obviously head them off on. This makes it easier to win, but they are still competitive enough to win if the dice don’t fall your way.
Lastly, the game will occasionally start to crash by not displaying some pop-ups. This is easily solved by backing out of the game and re-entering, but that should ideally Not be needed. Only bug I’ve found.
Asarendt - Great UI but too much bs
I love how seamless this app is when transitioning from the board game to the app. It's so much easier than you think it would be and it is a really good use of spare time. Quite frankly, for the catan enthusiast, it's great, especially when you fork out the 12 bucks for the whole package.
After playing countless games against the AI Bots in this game, my only beef is that the game clearly tries to equalize itself too much. I can't tell you how many times I've been ahead by 5 victory points only to have the game roll a ridiculous amount of 7s and other nonsensical numbers just to try to equalize things. Just got done playing a game where I was a staggering 6 victory points ahead with one to go for the win, only to have the app roll an ungodly amount of 7s, 3s, 11s, and 2s until the computer finally caught up to 'give me a run for my money'. It's honestly frustrating and blatantly obvious the game tries to equalize. Game should've been over in two turns, stretched the game out to 12 more turns
Rae1273 - Definitely not as bad as people say
I’ve spent the past year playing this game. I’ve read more than a few reviews about how the game is unfair or it’s impossible to win, etc and that’s not true. Sometimes the game players do make weird decisions but they each have a specific way they’re programmed to play, and just like playing with real people, you can figure out their style and use it against them. When I first started playing the game I think it was about 20 games or more before I finally won. Now? I win a good 75% of the games. So the game isn’t impossible, it just requires critical thinking and strategy planning, learning your opponents weaknesses, etc.
My only complaint is that the latest update made all of the lettering insanely small. Luckily I have an iphone 8 Plus or I’d never be able to see it. So here’s hoping that gets fixed asap. Other than that, I think this game is fantastic because easy games get boring quickly and I’ve played this game for hours on end for a year and still love it.
Baconbit08 - Ok but very irritating (more so than a real life game of settlers)
The AI loves to hammer you with the robber even if you don’t have the lead. I get in a game you can pick on someone who’s building towards what you want or just got the resource you need but a lot of the time it’s who has the lead. The AI doesn’t care even if you're down 3 points and on the other side of the map you’ll still get slammed with the robber 3/4 the time. Also there is only 2 monopoly cards in the deck and I’ve played standard games where they have been used 3 times. I get in the different scenarios that rules and limits vary (although none note more monopoly cards) so I won’t pick on how in those games, but I’ve seen as many as 4 used in a game. Overall this app allows me to play my favorite game whenever and wherever but it does need some tweaks.
Originally gave it 3 stars but after playing the “scenarios” I had to drop it to 1. Literally every game if you get 2 or more points ahead it will constantly roll the 2 numbers you don’t have and you’ll get hit by the robber with every 7 rolled and knight played by the AI players. Even after you lose the lead and if you have one card when every one else has multiple you’ll get hit and the AI will steal your one card.
Jdizzle00107 - Computer cheats or game is buggy
I left a one star review a month ago and it didn't get posted so consider this 2 one star reviews. This review is completely unrelated to my last review. This game is either cheap or buggy. I've had my resource cards disappear out of nowhere. Didn't trade them, didn't get robbed. They literally just leave my hand. The computer players work together against you. AI knows what cards you have. They only offer you resources you already have, never offer anything you need. AI almost never accepts offers for resources that you need in exchange for resources they have in abundance. AI almost exclusively puts the robber on your tiles. Every card they steal from you is a resource you need for your next turn. Any card you rob from them is a resource you either don't need or have a lot of already. Anytime they place the robber on your tile, that number becomes the "hot" number to roll. As soon as the robber is moved elsewhere, that number goes cold and doesn't get rolled. I paid $5 for the app and I'm deleting it for my own sanity. The $5 doesn't matter at this point. Even if you have the patience of a saint, this game will severely test your patience to the max. Good luck if you do decide to play it.
Placebobob - I don’t have to pretend anymore.
All the “kids” (12 year olds through 32 year olds) would sit around at family gatherings and play Catan. Us old folks (45 to 60) would pretend to know what was going on with the game. This app has made learning the game easier and it’s a lot of fun. I’ve always enjoyed turn based games that combine strategy, expansion, resource management , and cooperative elements, so Catan is a winner for me. I’d give the game a better score, but the online aspects of the game don’t seem to work.. I’m not a lost Boomer who’s unable to navigate the internet either. I’m the excel, db, computer question go to person at the place where I work. I can reset the PW 100 times, but it still says it’s wrong.. so I’ll just play against the AI for now and when I’m ready, I’ll try another App for online play. We’ll worth $5 too.. I spend more on a double mocha frappewappechinolatte drink down at Starbigsby donuts.. (I think that covers it all)
Kyho481 - Near Flawless
The game is amazing and true to the classic. The ease at which it plays and the pieces move is incredible. Visually, it’s great and I also love all the settings that you can change to make the game you’re own. I also think the prices are in line and had no problem forking over the money to play my favorite board game of all time.
Now the reason for the star deduction. Fix the NBA Jam style AI. It’s almost laughable sometimes. It’s to the point where I can guess dice rolls. Sure, when you’re in the lead, the others will be gunning for you, so I understand, to a point, the knight jumping from your space, to your space, to your space, etc. etc. etc. (the AI always seems to have an endless supply of knight cards when you’re ahead). However, you better not end a turn with over 7 cards when in the lead, because you’ll definitely be missing some cards before your next.
Dcsmith907 - "Catch-Up Mode" is Ridiculous
AIs get an unfair advantage when the player takes any sort of lead. And they maintain this advantage even after they've caught up. They even trade amongst each other to take down the player in ways no human would because it hurts their own chances. For instance, the blue AI had caught up to me in victory points in one game and was 3 away from winning. Red traded with Blue three times in one turn even though Red was losing by at least 6 points. Yellow's turn came and they also traded with Blue, allowing Blue to win. Why on Earth would that happen? It makes no sense and is very frustrating to watch the AI collaborate against you in ways no human player would ever do. Especially when this turns a calculated win into an incredibly improbable (bordering on mathematically impossible) loss. As other players have noted, this behavior extends to the robber and even seems to affect dice rolls. This is at the very least a poor decision and in my eyes is even unethical (although very minor on the ethics scale, admittedly). Please fix this, I love Catan but this game barely counts as Catan.
PJM105 - Stupid AI and breaks Catan rules.
There are several rules that this app breaks. Mostly concerning knights. There are random trades between the AIs that you can’t see. Many that no real player would do because it causes a win. They work together to make sure you don’t win. The numbers rolled cannot possibly be random. It will not roll what you need while over rolling their numbers. They put the robber on only you, never on each other. The barbarian is rolled WAY more than I’m real life. It’s crazy. I’ve lost cities in almost every game but not until the AI is covered and won’t lose theirs. Walls don’t save you like they’re supposed to. You lose them anyway. Another rule break. 7s are rarely rolled when they are holding too many cards but more than half the time when you are. That means you lose card constantly while waiting for your number to come up or while needing something they have a robber on. It’s as if the devs will not allow you to win. It’s complete crap. I love a challenge but you have made it almost impossible to beat and that’s not cool. You took every bit of fun out of an app that I paid for. Not ok.
Morty the mortified - Don't download if you love your phone
Because you will be tempted to beat your phone with a hammer if you play this version. Yes, I've played countless games of catan with real humans and understand the drama that is catan. However, you will find that your ai opponents have a nearly unlimited supply of knight and monopoly cards and that possessing ownership of as many as 10 of the 12 numbers available in the range of possibilities may result in the other two numbers being rolled so exclusively that you go 4 rounds without receiving a single resource. You think you know how frustrating the robber can be? Just wait. In short, the programmers must have been slighted by their wages or resented the project somehow. They are quietly chuckling everyday in the knowledge that they are torturing the minds of catan faithful worldwide. To be fair, it is a beautiful interface. Very user friendly and completely addictive. Nonetheless, I happily flushed the money I spent on this game down the toilet and deleted it from my phone. Life is good again.
Kipo_13 - Decent but...
This is a decent game (I’m playing free version), but every few games the AI will hammer you regardless if the other AI player is sitting at one VP from victory and you’re down 2+ points and have no resource cards, robber will still be played on you.
I would have rated this as a 3 star game, however the recent update for iPhone X devices made the game glitchy. Choosing resources for Monopoly cards or trading, the selected resource will get stuck halfway between up/down, the resources and several options are at the very bottom of the screen now so when making a selection I invariably close the game and have to reopen it, and the text and graphics are much smaller (presumably to fit on the smaller screen, but there was no problem before the update). If they can fix this recent update then I would say it could get back to a mediocre 3 star rating. If they could fix the AI to be realistic and less “Kill All Humans,” it could easily be a 4-5 star app (just playing free, so I can’t speak to scenarios or anything else exclusive to the paid version).
FrancisCV711 - Holy Shizz! I beat the AI
I was just introduced to the board game this past week whilst on vacation, and as soon as we played our first game -- I was hooked!
Decided to give the mobile game a go because I know this will be the only chance I get to get my fix of Settlers in. Read the reviews which said that the AI becomes basically impossible to beat which meant I definitely had to try it.
But first, I tried the online experience -- definitely something left to be desired there. Wait time to find a lobby was long, and once I was able to join a game the group suffered connection issues and players exiting and entering the game. So yeah, first online Settlers attempt...not so great.
But why wait around for some noobs to POSSIBLY play their turn, when you can get instant gratification from playing AI!? So, I scroll through the custom game set-up mode, and before you know it, I'm laying down the foundation of becoming The Lord of Catan!
Lemme tell you, the game held true to the reviews I read. The computer seems to pull off these ridiculous come from behind wins; rolling an absurd amount of 7s, and rallying together to play back to back to back knight cards against you! I was determined though. Every loss was motivation to try a different approach, and what do you know....6 hours later, I finally friggin beat the AI. Yessir. I can finally go to bed!
KingKooka - AI > Laws of Probability
I once played a game where I placed my first two settlements near 8’s. Yes, both settlements would get a harvest if anyone rolled an eight. First roll, 8. I got wood and a brick…never to see another 8 rolled again! 5’s we’re most common and 9’s. So not out of the realm of reality, but one 8? Just one? And the AI seemed to have an unlimited amount of Knight cards! Just decimated my chance to win…and yet, (I was playing the oasis map) AI makes foolish trades. I got into the clouds and placed my settlement and cities on the “multiverse” land hex. It was a nine and I had three cities around it. I won because of longest road, cities (I did have a settlement near a rock 6 later in the game) and victory cards found in the clouds. I only play oasis now because of the AI’s knack of rolling 7’s and having all the knight cards, and to get some space to get all the numbers so no matter what the roll is, I get something.
NonStopWork - Great Game - Unfair AI
Like many reviews, I could spell out the flaws that make this game less fun. The board game is a blast and this one is very close to great. The only problem is the users need the company to read this feedback and to make the probabilities more fair. The dice for AI players tend to roll the live players number very frequently when the Robber is blocking that spot. The ganging up of AI players against the human is extremely evident. There are several flaws that have been mentioned throughout these reviews. I plan to keep playing but hope these can get fixed to improve the game. It could be a 5 star game I shout about front the mountaintops but for these little programming needs.
How about an updated version to address some of them?
Maybe even a few more AI players with varying ratings in each category. I bought this for each of my family members phones and there need to be a few more novice-like players for when people are learning.
Tperk1643 - Game is always stacked against you, more frustrating than fun
Definitely looks like Catan, definitely does not play like Catan. Any strategy you try to play should get thrown right out the window. Sure, the first few rounds may be “random” but the rest of the game plays as if it’s trying to make sure you lose, no matter what. Have a settlement you need to upgrade? Don’t worry, you’ll never roll what you need. Finally get that brick, on a 6 of all numbers? It sure seemed like it took 10 full rounds to roll but no, you didn’t, the computer will roll a seven and steal THAT 1 BRICK from you. This doesn’t just happen once, it happens every. Single. Time. I thought I was crazy when I bought this a few years ago and it seemed like it was always stacking against me but after reading all the reviews it’s good to know I’m not the only one who feels this game is rigged. If you want to be annoyed that the computer players have massive favor on their side and you’re constantly digging out of holes, buy this game!
John-plays-catan-alot - Why I Uninstalled This App
After countless rounds, I finally uninstalled this app for good. The AI is clearly rigged against you. As soon as you build one settlement, all 7’s start piling onto your spaces, even if the computer is ahead. All knight cards played will peg the robber onto you, on your best money-making spots. The only way to win is to box the computer in so they can’t expand, but it literally takes twice the amount of resources to win (or do anything, really), because half your resources get stolen and redistributed back at the computer. Year of plenty always is played so that it steals your resources the most. No point in buying knights, you won’t compete against the amount of knights and 7’s rolled by the computer. Even if you have the most cities and spaces, you’re playing poor the entire game. Getting the Longest Road is a MUST. There are so many things that make this game unwinnable that it’s absurdly frustrating, such that I want to throw my $900 iPhone 11 at the wall, every time. And that’s why I uninstalled this app, because I’d probably do it one day and be down $900 because of this stupid app.
Busy teacher in KY - Robber cannot be moved with out crashing the game!
I am very disappointed! Call me a fool and a glutton for punishment! First I purchased Catan HD, thinking it was the newest and would be the best Catan game. Wrong, as the robber would freeze the game if I put it in the obvious advantageous place for me. Frustrated, I purchased Catan Classic, thinking it would be different. Wrong! It also crashes, where the selection to go ahead with the game disappears when you move the robber to the most advantageous place. You have to cancel out of the game completely, and restart, saying you want to continue... but the same thing will happen if you try to move the robber in the most advantages spot again. Yes, you may be able to move it to a location that doesn’t help you, and still continue the game, but if you are hoping to win, you are at a distinct disadvantage. Unless this flaw is repaired, I definitely do not recommend this game. Today is May 8, 2020. If there is an update after today, you may want to try it. Otherwise, choose another game to download.
NathanBeitler - Fun, yet frustrating...
I like the game Catan, yet I rarely am able to bring it to the tabletop at home. I'm lucky to play it a few times a year. So, I got the app version in order to be able to play it more frequently. It was good fun for about a month. After that it was just irritating. Why? The dice rolling generator is anything but random. The game seems to have a built-in "catch up" feature for the AI players. If I get out to a strong lead, I will get hammered by the computer with the die rolls. Seriously! There have been games where I have gone as many as four rounds without being able to do a thing because the dice have come up 7's four times in a roll, causing me to lose half my cards and then having the AI players continually placing the Thief on my hexes. Meanwhile, the dice roll 11 or 12 again and again so the hexes they control keep on producing. Ridiculous! I had to delete it from my phone or risk throwing it. The game needs a true number randomized to be truly good.
Hftvdhf - Good implementation, OK AI
This is a good implementation of the classic board game. So far I’ve only played on the included base levels and haven’t seen any annoying ads or upgrade offers that plague many games these days. Thinking about other people’s comments - the included AI players do tend to buy a lot of resource cards as opposed to many human’s road/settlement focused early games, and that can take some getting used to. Also, the “friendly robber mode” setting can make it feel like you’re getting hammered by the robber if you’re the first/only player over two points early on. I often purposely avoid getting any (non-victory card) points until several of the the AI players do, focusing on roads (4 or fewer on a row) and cards - then add settlements in later so the robber is spread more evenly. Anyway, this is a pretty good implementation of the classic and well worth the price.
Ibrachum - Dice rolls are not random
Games start to get frustrating because you can tell that dice rolls are not being rolled randomly, but almost in favor of the AI. I have played countless games where I have an 8 or 6 spot and they HARDLY get rolled in comparison to some other slots like 4 or 5. I was 15 minutes into one game and 8 was rolled zero times whereas 5 had already been rolled 7 times and 12 had even been rolled 2 times. It’s clearly favored towards the AI and the only way I seem to win is by trying to neighbor their rolls and spread them out so when they get a decent roll I do too. With resources I also find that in most games I will get absolutely robbed for every resource I have and then the AIs have over 10 resources to play from. That’s also due to the unfair rolls and also that the AI tends to “gang up” on the CPU. I might not have the most VP but then I have one resource and a good spot so the AI says I’m gonna wreck this one spot and take that one resource even though someone else is ahead and has 10 resources.
Benny Snaxxx - Fix your AI
It’s total garbage. And find a way to penalize players for quitting online games. I just had two players drop out because I had a one point lead and they’re bad sports, only to have the AI replacements LITERALLY play knight cards AND roll 7’s FOUR TURNS IN A ROW. and only rob me, of course. In a matter four or five turns an AI player managed to pick up Longest Road, Largest Army, AND two Victory Point cards for the win, while I was unable to build a single road or buy a single development card. This is total bollocks and extremely frustrating. I play this game a lot and that’s pretty much how every game goes. It’s no fun, even when it sometimes seems to be skewed in my favor. What’s the point of playing a game where there’s no challenge, just a question of “are the dice all gonna go my way this time or not?”
This is the most expensive app I’ve ever purchased and definitely the one I hate the most. I love the board game and this has potential to be a decent substitute. What a lazy and sorry excuse for competition they’ve come up with though😕. Ridiculous.
Fix it and it’ll be the best app ever.
AbqSheryn - Pros and cons
This is my go-to game for passing time, so obviously I like it! I like that you can set the speed to turbo when playing the AI (the only way I play) so you can play a fast game, and that the game is challenging when you have a variable board set up. That said, there are some annoying parts too - every single thing (rolling dice, trades, actions, etc) covers the board so you don't get to see it except on your turn. Like when An opportunity to trade comes up, but you can't look at the board to see what you need most. And it takes more steps than it should to build things, especially if you are - for example - building multiple roads in one turn. Looking at other reviews, many complain that the game favors the AI, I feel that way sometimes, but I've won enough times that I'm not convinced. Overall, this is the only way I usually get to play Catan, as the rest of the family is not as hooked as I am, so I'm happy!
Comment#1 - Great adaptation
Easy interface, great system. My only problem has been that other players online may take way too much time on their turn and the option to boot them from the game only appears once, and will only succeed with a vote by the other players. The vote will almost always fail, so you'll consequently have to put up with that player taking 2-6 minutes for their turn for the rest of the game, which is frustrating. There should be an option to pressure the player into playing quicker, or for the vote to be called for again. Alternatively, there could be a 1-3 minute timer for all players to take their turn, and if someone exceeds this time limit 3x in a row, they are booted from the game and replaced with an AI. Still an awesome game though! I love that I can play offline and online.
Sscoot - Great UI, Ridiculous AI!
I’ve gotta give credit for the design of the game - it’s amazing. But the AI is laughably flawed. I say “laughably” because I’ve already pushed through the confusion, denial, anger and fuming stages of playing the app. At this point I just laugh out loud when the AI players move through absurdly ridiculous scenarios to strip me of all my cards and roll anything but the numbers where I have settlements and cities (how many times can you roll only 3s, 11s, 7s and 12s in a roll!!) Oh, but then it does roll a good number, but, of course, only directly after it has placed the robber where you have a city/settlement on that number! And then it rolls it again just to add salt to the back stabbing wound!! Then it teases me by giving me a rainfall of good dice rolls before rolling a seven on my turn and depleting the supply.
Wait, I’m not done! I’m in awe of the “ghost” knights - where the AI players suddenly jump all over the board using a string of knight cards that spontaneously appeared in their hands for free. And don’t get me started on the monopoly cards... aargh!!
Jairmayah - Game always lets computers win.
I’m leaving 1 star until they fix the absolute abomination of what they call a campaign. The dice rolls are absurdly unfair. The game CLEARLY favors the computers. I’ll be in a game where the goal is 12 victory points. I’ll have 10 points while the computers have 5-7. Within 10 turns, 5 of the dice rolls will be a 7 and at least 5 of those turns a knight will be played and placed on one of my tiles. The tile they place it on will be a 6, for example, and the entire time the knight is on my 6, the number 6 will continuously be rolled but as soon as the knight is removed, the number 6 is now never rolled making it impossible for me to obtain the 1 resource I need to win the game. Also, the computers are constantly trading each other allowing one another to obtain the resources they need to win the game. Within those 10 turns, a computer will have gone from 7vp to 12vp and won 100% unfairly. It’s stupid and impossible to win the game. The number 2 and 12 are also rolled an impossible number of times. Hey. Fix it.
Hawkhead978 - I want my money back!!!
This is my second review by this app is so horrible. I just quit a game by it was skipping my turn and saying I do not have sufficient resources to buy a dev card or a settlement when I had the cards. So my only option is to pass the roll and then someone rolls a 7 and I lose half the cards it just said that I did not have! Then someone rolled wheat that I had a city on and it showed the two wheat coming my way but they never registered as my wheat. It gave me two dev cards when I bought only one and then I was never able to play either of them! How can such a popular game be so poorly created online?
Not user friendly and crashes often. Create a separate league for the common quitters who leave you with the AI to play. How do you get it to stop zooming in on every play! Such a frustrating game to play online.
Also, lots of bugs. It would not let me build a settlement for no reason. I had the roads and the cards but it said I didn’t have the cards. Ugh. I had to wait until my next turn to play the same cards.
Will in Austin - The AI Cheats; Still Great
The AI absolutely cheats on the more difficult mode. I have no doubt of this. Yet, this game is still great. I never lose when I play in real life, because I’ve played against the cheating AI and learned how to win regardless.
The only other quibble I might have is that the computer won’t ever trade multiple of the same resource. Ever, that I’ve seen. It will occasionally trade you, say, one wheat, one brick, and one stone, in exchange for one sheep, but it will never trade, for example, two or three wheat for one stone.
Meanwhile, you can see if the computer will trade for something, then just keep adding the other resources from the AI. Usually, you can get extra resources that way, whereas in real life, it never works that way. People in real life are far more likely to walk away from trades in real life if you try to renegotiate. The computer will always just give you more, assuming it has more. That is sort of the opposite of cheating, and it’s way too easy and tempting to avoid. That could be randomized or fixed somehow, I’m sure, based on how people play in real life. Maybe make different characters play that differently.
Again, there are annoying aspects of the AI, but it’s a great game, and I am shockingly good in real life now because of it.
Gill228 - Rigged!!
While I do love the Catan game I’m constantly frustrated at the way the AI on this game turns on you once you are in the lead. I’ve played it hundreds of times so know the tendencies. Once I get Longest Road, out come the “7” rolls and Knight cards against me. And where are the AI players getting all the cards? They’re no way getting the rolls to get the resources for the Development cards they acquire. I also watch sometimes amazed at how a player can build 4 roads and a village with only 8 resources. I also watch their trades and resource spending. Their numbers don’t match up to what they’re spending. I also know if I refuse a trade before my turn I’ll get a seven if I have 8 or more resources. Never seems to happen to the other players who seem to stack up 12-16 without ever getting robbed. And the “luck” of the rolls. I once played a game where there were SIX rolls of 7 in a row. Other times it’s other numbers but the distribution curve is anything but truly random. What this app needs is a true randomizer for the die rolls.
Travis Wild - Frustrating AI and unrealistic dice
I’d pass on thus. So, the odds of dice mean nothing and if you’re doing well the dice will equalize and knights/7’s will destroy you. Leaving this review after being robbed 6 times in one round and, in islands, having the first 4 islands discovered take 4 of my 6 resource numbers (including 8 and 6) moved to islands as the islands started to get discovered. It’s just a waste of time when 6 or 8 is not rolled dependent of which one you’re on (the little dice tracker helps yo notice its true and on in your head). Another time 10 wasn’t rolled the whole game (standard dice setting) and wouldn’t you knows it, I would get 4 resources of brick and had a brick port on ten. And as other reviewers have said you’ll be up multiple victory points and then there will be three 11’s rolled someone will build 4 roads and 2 settlements and turn one into a city to win with 4 victory points. It’s annoying. Deleting the app now. Annoying because other than the waste of time the rigged gameplay makes it, it’s well done and just like playing.
Ekaterinburg13 - Skeptical from reviews but own experience differs
Reading the reviews I was a bit worried it wouldn't be what I'd like...I.e. Dice rigged or teaming up, etc.
I can say, from my experience, that the dice can screw you or it can screw the AI just as well. It's just...random...like it's supposed to be. Only thing that's unusual is that AI will sometimes play knight cards to steal/or just block you without a strategy to it past that...but I have friends who do the same. You can lose games like this, of course, but that's catan!
Great for playing with buddies, we actually opt out of setting up the whole board game now for the convenience of the app. For those that did wish this was a "play on your own time app," it isn't that, so be aware (you can't be playing and leave for hours). Awesome app - thank you to the creators!
Kjoseph21 - Disappointed in the quality
My family likes to play games but we prefer to lounge on the couch instead of sitting at the table. So we all got the Catan app so we could play. We play other games like this all the time. However, this app is buggy. If I close the app and come back there is a great chance it will kick me out of the game. It takes forever to start a game even when all players keep clicking the green check mark. It also doesn’t seem to be consistent in swapping cards with other players. Sometimes it shows up even if I don’t have what the other player is asking for and it’s very confusing to the person requesting the swap if it was accepted or not. Really need to clean up the interface in some areas to make it easily understood. We got so frustrated today that we finally gave up playing. If it was a free app that would be less frustrating but we paid $15 for everyone to have it. Back to Ticket To Ride for now.
DreamLollipop - Love it
This is a very faithful rendition of the board game, which I love. Excellent job. As for the dice, which many of the reviews talk about, they do not appear skewed. The game developers went so far as to allow you to see the roll history, which I have reviewed several times. They appear exactly as you would expect, but are not perfect matches because there are only so many rolls in a single game. The developers even allow you to skew the distribution if you like, making the middle numbers more likely. As for beating the AI, I am just slightly better than 25%, which is how I would like it given I want to get better. There are many times when the AIs all gang up on me, but that makes sense when I have 4 points in the first two rolls. Totally worth the price in my opinion.
Ronery084 - Very good!
So I just bought this after reading up on family board games and then watching videos. I was interested. So I bought the mobile version. I was excited. Played the tutorial. But I ran into a problem. Probably didn’t see it because the color of the mark on the map, or it wasn’t there, but there was nothing marked to progress through the tutorial. So I had to exit and close the game. Not a problem. Loaded it up, mentioned it was marked on the map where to build, saw it marked. Maybe I got what it was saying and looked. Great. After I touched the green check mark, the camera decided to move by its self to the left—zoom in and lock there. I can move a bit of the camera and zoom not completely out. Oh now what!? Closed and exit the game again and loaded it up.
So far so good. No problems yet after those two issues. These problems are probably mentioned already. I would be happy if they were looked into and fixed. Please.
This isn’t the free version. So I’d be happy if the issues are fixed because $4.99 may not a lot, but it is supporting the game and the developers/publishers. I’ll definitely rate it five stars once they’re fixed.
Forgot to add. I think it would be cute if there was sole animation. Like the water moving, and the tide splashing against the rocks.
CandyMonger - Been playing this for years
This has been a good game for years. I can tell you with lots of experience that the game doesn’t cheat. When you get good at it, you start to get disappointed that the AI isn’t smarter, but it is still good enough for some entertaining games.
Some parts of it work really well, such as the trading interface. But other parts have some really annoying usability problems, such as not being able to see which items are getting traded by other players or having to click three or four pop-up windows in a row when it could have been done with one.
With just a little more effort, the developers could make this a polished game, but it feels like they gave up just a little bit early.
AdityaMitra - Bad AI, multiplayer glitches
The game is good at it's core, but playing against the AI is mostly unusable if you are looking to improve at Catan. The game dice fixes to allow the AI to "catch up" when behind in points. This means skill has very little to do with whether you win or lose in single player. The AI should instead be worked on to better mimic a strong human player and the dice rolls should be COMPLETELY RANDOM.
In multiplayer, there are numerous glitches as well. For example, when buying dev cards, if connection lag forces the game to take time to register this buy, and you click on buy dev card again while the first one is still in process, it will give you two cards even if you do not have enough resources for them! This is game breaking and gets abused quite often online. It even allows players to do this as long as the lag lasts, sometimes buying 5-6 dev cards in one turn with only enough resources for 1!
Finally, there is the problem of players constantly leaving games online. For this issue, I suggest matching players based on how often they leave games, so that players who do not leave games often are matched with similar players, and not forced to play against the frustrating AI when others leave.
For the price I paid for this game, I did not expect these many issues, and therefore I give the game 2 stars.
Hivee - Fun, almost like the table top
I read the reviews before purchasing the game, almost didn’t buy, but glad I did. Maybe the AI has been updated, because I haven’t experienced unfair play. I have played a custom game 10 times now (hardest difficulty), classic game mode, and won 8 times. The AI plays mostly how I would, doesn’t trade with me when it will give me the win, and places the robber on the person who is winning, or has a needed resource. The roll data at the end of each game is fairly accurate with the probabilities. Seems fair to me.
Aside from all that, I haven’t payed for the rest to unlock everything, and haven’t played anything but classic mode with the AI.
It’s not quite like playing live with friends at the table, but still fun.
Roseboe - AI will make you want to scream
Overall the interface is good, but I absolutely cannot stand the AI. The dice rolls are absurd - the AI players somehow manage to roll every seven and produce countless knights; I have literally gone rounds where I lost 5 or 6 cards in a row because every player just kept stealing from me. Ridiculous. My numbers are rarely rolled, regardless of how good the number is (say 6 or 8). The other players constantly gang up on me, even when I'm losing! They also refuse to trade with me when I'm winning, which would make sense, except for the fact that they trade with each other even if one of them is winning. In general they're not so great at trading, but that's more of a side note.
Overall this app is great, as it allows me to indulge my Catan addiction, but sometimes it's so frustrating I have to exit and come back later. Developers, please fix the AI!
Michelleclay - Needs improvement
The game is beautifully designed and looks exactly like the board game. But I really wish the computer played fair. At some point during every game I am ahead and then all of a sudden a certain number is rolled multiple times in a row to benefit the computer players. Or 7’s are rolled multiple times and the computer just keeps taking turns placing the robber on me. There have even been several times where it’s obvious the computer is doing everything to benefit one player just to beat me. I understand it’s strategy and it’s impossible to win all the time, but it’s really frustrating when I just keep having to pass the dice without making any moves for SEVEN turns, and then just have one of the computer players catch up to my six point lead and win with 3 victory point cards. I enjoy playing but for an app that ISN'T FREE... it needs to be more user oriented.
Not about Urban Legends - Good game, frustrating AI
As other reviewers have said, the game is good...but the AI and scripting are frustrating to the point that it ruins the game play. I thought it was just me being a sore looser, but the post game stats show otherwise. Put your settlements on an 8 - watch as the 8 becomes one of the least rolled numbers. Get ahead by 5, watch as the others miraculously come from behind to win. Get one point from victory and watch as the other players store up 12+ cards for several turns without anyone rolling a 7 so they can catch up.
The work around is that you have to match up your settlements with that of the computer players. Also, you have to hold off on getting points so you aren’t too far ahead (leave breaks in your longest road, hold knight cards, etc).
I don’t know why developers think this makes it better. I would not recommend this game based on my experience.
Goldfish88 - Meh...
While many people will play most of their games online with random opponents, I prefer to not have to constantly wait for people to play their turn. That means I've played a significant number of games against the AI. I really tried to give this app a chance, and I may come back to it for the occasional game if I feel like I can handle the frustration--but the AI is just so infuriating to play against! The AI is not nuanced or well-developed, which means that it relies on screwing with the dice rolls to give the AI players an advantage. A game that is essentially about probability management is broken when you lose that very capacity. It takes all the fun out of the game. In fact, I'm only rating this app x3 stars because I can see how I might enjoy online games against random strangers if I was another person... This app is really disappointing to me.
Htecwik88 - There are WAAAAAAAAY too many bugs!
Here we go:
1. The online multiplayer service is broken and slow.
2. Sometimes the language switches to German.
3. The UI is broken and confusing.
4. Sometimes the AI’s freeze and that’s it.
5. Sometimes text boxes overlap and such with X’s and checks everywhere.
6. Sometimes when you place a road or house, it gets stuck and nothing fixes it.
7. Sometimes when you do stuff with the development cards it crashes or freezes.
8. The in-app purchases took a while to register to the app.
9. There are dozens of different unexpected exotic crashes and freezes that think of right now off the top of my head.
10. Sometimes if you have a pretty large amount of cards and you roll a 7, it crashes.
11. Most of the time when the AI has too many C&K cards and they have to give one up, it’s indecisive and it softlocks.
12. Sometimes reloading an old unfinished single-player game file crashes.
13. Sometimes the replacement AI’s when a player leaves don’t know what to do and either do nothing for the rest of the game or flat-out crash.
14. Sometimes certain C&K cards when played don’t do anything when they definitely should.
15. The Great Canal crashes all the time. It’s unplayable at this point.
It’s hard to recommend friends this app to play with them when there are this many issues.
BittyTiggles - Not worth it
I’m a huge fanatic of Settlers of Catan, the board game. Seeing the game available for my IPhone I was stoked! I would definitely be glad to fork over a couple of bucks to play this game against others in my free time.
Unfortunately this game fell short of my expectations in many ways. First off, you have to pay so much extra just to play any of the expansions or anything other than the original map. I would be able to handle that if the game didn’t take 8 years to load. Not to mention it crashes every time someone leaves the match. Also if someone takes forever to make a play, your stuck there picking your boogers for about 10 minutes until they finish their turn. There should be some time constraint for each player, or at least don’t crash the game if they quit. Please don’t waste your money on this game. The quality isn’t even that good, and it’s a waste of your time.
SE fanboy number one - Great game, terrible software
Catan on iOS is fantastic and addictive. Sadly, the implementation is horrific. The app/server hangs. Numerous bugs cause the game to lock up, presumably on the sever side. For instance, often when a human player leave that is replaced by a computer, if the computer have to choose a resource from a gold tile, it never does it and it just spends and spends and spends waiting waiting waiting. Another flaw is that somehow when you play the deserter card, sometimes there is no desertion the card simply disappears and the opponent keeps their night. No idea why this happens. Often, the client app will tell you that everyone is waiting for you, when it’s someone else’s turn and there’s no prom for you to do anything. The whole game hangs and all you can do is leave. Frankly, I’m shocked at the very poor execution. I’m also sad that I paid money for the expansion packs.
Hijinx717 - AI dice blatantly cheats
I’ve been playing this game for less than a week and I have had at least a dozen instances where the AI has been skewed to focus attacks only on the human player and not the other PC players. I’ve been a software engineer for 19 years and recognize the dice algorithms become weighted in certain situations and are not randomized. The AI purposefully continues to Knight against the human player - I just got out of a game where the PC players played Knight on me constantly 6 out of 8 instances and I was far behind them in victory points and resources. Improve the AI to use sound strategy rather than be lazy programmers and just de-randomize the dice algorithms...I’m not bothering to buy any expansion until I see an update
SCDeMer - An infuriatingly bad “AI” makes solo games unplayable.
First, let me say that this is a great rendering of Catan as an app. If you’re playing online against other humans it’s really quite good.
However, if you are attempting to play as a human against the AI just understand that you’re in the Hunger Games and the game is being manipulated in ways that make it nearly impossible to win.
The computer opponents do not have advanced strategy or cunning, they have luck that defies probability and are probably gifted with development cards that they did not earn through resources. Oh, and they roll an insane percentage of sevens.
Game play is tolerable until you get more victory points than the computer opponents. At that point, many of the times you earn resources, you will be stripped of them by a series of knights and sevens before you can use them.
Additionally, many times while in the leading position and close to victory, I have been defeated by the AI claiming to have 3 or even 4 victory point cards. While possible statistically the probability is very low compared to the number of times I’ve seen it.
The poor intelligence and high cheat factor of the AI makes this game unplayable, or certainly unenjoyable for me.
I’d avoid it.
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HaveNoTimeToWasteUsingDojo - I almost entirely love using this app
This is a fun way to play Catan, and I love that I can play as many games as I like whenever I like without having to wait 12 hours between games like in the other app.
The only thing I don’t like about this app is I can’t zoom out in order to view the whole board at once. The screen gets stuck zoomed in and it’s really annoying not being able to see the game without having to pan around constantly to observe everything that’s happening in the game.
Aside from that one quirk I think this is a fab way to play the game!
RTd213 - AI bias but otherwise solid
Have played the board game extensively over the years and thought what a great chance to be able to play whenever I want either against the AI or other players.
Haven't tried the online as much as I get connectivity issues but the AI is a bit of fun. The only downside is that I have often found after getting to 9 victory points that the AI gang up, seem to roll their numbers and 7's more often (placing the robber on your main square) and 1 AI runs you down even from 6 points back in no time. I've got to the point where it's just a joke and you quit. The only time this doesn't happen is with the non aggressive AI. They are the opposite in that they just give the game away and you walk all over them.
Still I enjoy the maps and the challenges and there is more than enough fun to fill some time
L74257895447 - Could be a 5 star rating
Have played this game for many years. Recently upgraded to a iPhone 11 pro and it’s difficult to see the entire screen when playing cities and knights. I have to keep flipping my phone the other way around to see all my opponents info. The game needs to be slightly narrower to enable the whole screen to be viewed. This was not a problem on my old iPhone. Perhaps this can be fixed?!
Vinesh George - Good single and multiplayer both.
It is the gameplay as with the hugely successful game boards, but here you have access, on payment to a plethora of boards and playing styles via the sea expansion and the city's and Knights expansions. For people new to Catan the training is a must as the strategy needs it with the multiple rules in play. But once you learn, you are hooked.
The single player gets compelling once you have all three. Enough to keep it competitive and engrossing.
The multiplayer has enough of a community so you get a game at any time of the day within a minute to three up and away. The next update should have a few ux options when in this mode, but overall very well structured through out the multiplayer mode.
The main thing with a game like this is a challenging atmosphere and no hiccups to interrupt the thinking and the fun.
4.7/5 from me.
Tokumika - Well worth it
My favourite board game, well translated to app form. I'd love to see the seafarers/cities and knights rules applied to all scenarios (as an option) rather than only a handful.
I agree that the AI seems a little lacking in strategy after a while, and unfortunately I've never gotten the online connection to work to play against real human brains instead!
88788 - Good but
Needs frequent updates!!!!! Too many crashes, players can deliberately manipulate game to their advantage by switching off their personal “wifi” it’s Annoying!!!! be better if you could choose "pace" as some puzzles require 'thinking time' & then all of a sudden game players can vote for you to be "kicked" from your game! Not impressive as this can happen even if you are winning!! Considering It's around $13 Aus then another $13 to unlock all other levels hopefully developer will look into this issue. Needs update for bugs! 21st October 2017! Update! Update!
Bjbmmt - Love Catan!
This app is great to satisfy you Catan cravings and waste time! Worth the price to unlock more scenarios and a good challenge to become 'Lord of Catan'!
I personally would love more scenarios and expansions but it's a good challenge anyway.
Another good thing would be able to live chat with online games to be able to gloat over a good move or express annoyance when you're outplayed!
Mrschetty - Expensive and Need more
I have loved catan forever and was so excited when I found this. Swallowed the price and was initially happy with it. I only play AI as I find people online take things WAY to serious and reck the fun.
In saying that I finished all of seafarers in a matter of days. I need more boards!!!
Cities and nights is taking slightly longer as apparently only aggressive AI players are chosen and they seem to get the best progress cards for doing nothing...
Kwontas747 - Great game but need serious updates
Catan is great game. However this app needs serious updates. It is a paid app but it’s UI and user experience is worse than the free app the Catan Universe. Most of all though, it needs serious updates on online game connection issues. The online match with other players is painful as it is too slow and often get bugs!
Madddy134826279 - One bug
This is to bring attention to a bug I’ve found on IOS 14 - if you place the robber on your turn the arrow on the side disappears and you need to force quit the game to keep playing, which doesn’t save the last few turns
Pod_ly - Please update for iPhone notch!!!
I love using your app with my friends but it’s getting a bit annoying not being able to view the full screen due to iPhone notch. Seems really weird this hasn’t been addressed years ago as it’s not a new feature. Would very much appreciate a fix. Thank you
Starfan (original!) - Would be good
An app that allows you to play a great game when ever you want but you need to creat a log in using your email and are required to give email verification. This only works if the verification email comes through. Given you can only use your email once the app is near useless if the system fails to do that. Couldn't find any way to get a second email either, disappointed 👎
Halojump - Great Game but buggy
Great game when it works, online is super slow and crashes frequently. Have been playing the board game for a long time and this is true to that. The AI is very biased and there are many technical hiccups. Overall not a bad buy if you like the board game.
Jenthegerman - Good but too easy
I play mainly a mix of seafarers and cities & knights and no matter which 3 AIs I pick I win 95% of the time
Would love to have more of a challenge
Also sad that I can’t play the other extensions that could be bought for the board game
Wittzy94 - Bugs!
Play this game frequently online with family.
The app has THE most frustrating bugs.
The game itself is great and fun, but it makes it extremely hard to play when it’s constantly freezing, crashing, skipping people ect.
It happens to all of us with different devices.
Please sort it out!
Clint.Review.2016 - Great, BUT.
Loved the board game. Online is great fun, though when losing, people often quit game. Unplayable offline, AI cheats with rolls. I get it needs help against human players, but when the dice isn’t fair, it just becomes frustrating. Online worth it if you love catan.
Davebournemouth - Great when working
Have managed to play one online game so far, incredible when it worked and I really enjoyed the game and experience. Went to play my second game and I’ve had it disconnect on me and shut down the app repeatedly for the past hour now and I’ve lost patience with it. Please fix or I’ll be requesting a refund
Hhgjjjhgf - Fun but frustrating
It’s a good game but hard to beat the AI due to roll of the dice always going in favour of the AI, robber comes in que always seem to steal your resources as soon as you go over 7 cards or about upgrade, robber wreaks the game,AI takes all the development cards and the dice never goes your way. Maybe a few faults here that need to be fixed including crashes, this game might fustrate some 2stars
GypsyRoSes81 - Great game
I really enjoy this game. I haven’t played the board game so can’t compare but I also have a version on my pc and this version is far better than that.
Sisjejficnridfjek - Allow this game to be downloaded on iPad too!
I shouldn’t have to purchase this game twice just to be able to play it on both my phone and iPad.
The UI needs updating too. It’s outdated and clunky which is hard to use compared to catan universe.
Unscathedhero - Great translation of the board game
Love the translation of the board game to App form, the mechanics all work well and makes for a really enjoyable experience...
I hope that the other expansions will be added down the line. Nice App guys!
Dyl6412 - Great but could be improved
Great and very fun to play. Could be improved by having the option of having playing 3 player games
Edotcee - Game shut downs when in Easy Mode
I played this game after recently downloading it in Medium difficulty mode, but as I’m new to it, switched it to Easy mode after getting beaten multiple times. Now, when I try to load a custom match, the game completely shuts down, even if I switch it back to Medium. Cannot play a single game with it, waste of $8.
Poppychi - Robber bug
About 95% the time when I get to move the robber both after a roll of 7 or knight card, the game freezes (offline play). And there was no way of getting out of the freeze but to start a new game. Very much inconvenient and making the game, well, pretty much unplayable. I do hope this bug gets fixed.
Graptolite - Robber algorithm
Playing against all AI opponents I note that the robber never gets put on any of my settlement hexes until I am leading the point score. This is a definite advantage to the human player and could be improved. Great game generally.
Bruisr - AI and gameplay algorithm faulty at best, and way to intrusive.
No sure what changes were made but the new algorithm for the dice is majorly biased depending on previous win rate and standing in the game - you notice if multiple points ahead the others will get all the “luck” until they catch up etc. Ruined an otherwise fantastic (but dated with a few idiocies) app.
ORSAgain - Should be 5 star
Great game but connection issues and instability is inexcusable for a paid app with add-on purchases. UI is subpar and having to reconnect after every denied quickmatch is annoying. Please someone give this some update love. Could be a best seller.
Cade Embery - Used to be great
Was an awesome game until the more recent update and now it often breaks your game midway, just doesn’t let you play or make any move as if it’s not your turn, but no CPU players do anything either. Restarting doesn’t fix it either.
ArcticAxel - Was so excited but so disappointed!!!
I was so excited to ply Catan again, as I haven’t played for a very long time, and so purchased the game (something I don’t do very often on my phone!). But imagine my annoyance that after paying for the app, I then have to buy something else to gain access to the campaign?! Not happy at all and I’d like a refund if this isn’t a glitch!
Catan❤️ - Freezes whenever rubber moved
Would love this but freezes whenever rubber is moved hence unable to play development cards so almost impossible to have a fair chance of winning!
Jhanlara - Jo
Love it! Great fun just like the board game is and get the chance to try upgrades before buying the board game
Would like there to be an even harder version for more challenges
Zemuchniesiad - Can’t see edges of the screen on Iphone 12
This app is not yet optimised for new iphones with edge-to-edg displays. Important buttons and information are now missing (covered by a speaker/front camera :(
used to work fine in my old iphone.
Snorkelbender79 - Great game
I’ve been playing this for years. Great version of Catan. My only complaint is the animations are too slow even on turbo mode.
Tired01 - Ok but missing the family
Mechanics are great but doesn't beat the real thing playing with family
Puffdamatic - Glitchy and Rigged
Crashes often which to me should be instant refund until fixed.
AI is a little controlling of circumstances but I guess it needs to in order to compete. Game play feels very formulated which is a shame.
Everything else is great, could be a great product if crashes were fixed.
Arch m32(standing) - Good digital version of classic.
A good digital version of the classic board game. The various expansion packs allow further variations. This app is a great way for fans of Catan to pass some time.
Makadalu - No campaign?
Own this on iPad and have purchased all add ons. Not happy to have to pay for this version as well. Even more unhappy that the campaign mode is locked unless I make extra purchases. Surely the basic campaigns are free with the high purchase price?
Jodaz11695 - Great challenge with fun
Good game, prefer the board game but this is a great portable way of playing. The app seems to be a little biased with its dice rolls favouring the computer opponents but that provides a challenge.
Jimmyelhando - Password reset broken
The password reset and subsequent emails send me in a loop and won’t accept the new password. It also randomly turns into German text between forgot password screens. Support won’t help fix it, very frustrating and not what you would expect from a good app developer and company. AVOID.
Nnnnnnnneeelllliiii - Great, but...
One of the bestest games ever!
Only reason it doesn't get five stars is that it freezes / crashes on a semi regular basis...
Stevowned - Doesn’t fit Iphone 11
Fantastic game that I have been playing for years on my old iPhones but it’s unplayable on iPhone 11. Either the dice are cut off or the menu button.
Warren_Wu - Screen resizing issue on my XR
It’s a good game, but since loading it onto my new phone, it continually shrinks to a quarter of the screen size. Super frustrating. Hopefully you guys can fix this bug.
Jojothedancingmonkey - Great Game!
Love this game! So much fun and there are a few scenarios that don’t need extra payment which is good enough for me!
Asnydz4 - Incompatible with iOS 14
This app does NOT work with the new software. It’s my favorite game and crashes every time I try to start a game :( hope will be fixed soon
Amelctr - Trading Bug
Human players can’t do maritime trading at 3:1 or 2:1 eventhough you’ve built a settlement/city on a port. Human players can’t trade with the merchant at 2:1 eventhough you’ve used the progress card. However, the AI players can. Makes it really frustrating!
TheVillageGay - Can’t play/ instantly crashes
Bought the game earlier in the week, yet to actually play it. Game crashes on launch every single time, whether I’m trying to play online or a custom game. Very disappointing, especially considering the price!
Vic643678 - Submit button location
Great app! Love this game. But the submit button disappears off the screen on iPhones.
Your mamas mama - A Good Strat Game
Very interesting strategy game. Not the greatest graphics but great training if you play the actual. board game
Chappers2707 - Full of bugs
For a game that you have to pay for and then pay even more for expansions, there are a serious amount of flaws. There are so many bugs regarding dice, collection of resources and connectivity, it’s embarasing. Sort it out.
GrimYetCheerful - Solid translation of the board game
Great single and multiplayer version of Catan
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Eldereldo - Suspect rolls
Same comments as other re: unrealistic dice rolls. Apart from that - occasionally crashes. Fun game tho.
ItsHexor - doesn’t let me register
I paid for the game but I couldn’t even play it. I used more than 5 emails and yet it doesn’t let me register. It says there’s already an account with my email. It doesn’t worth the money... DON’T BUY THE GAME
Gbguifxsh46)75? - Dice roles unrealistic
I love this game but the Dice roles are unrealistic. Continually rolling in favour of the opponents. At times I can’t get a resource. It seems the better you play the harder it is to win.
Sparrow717 - Great!
So much fun! And this coming from a Settlers addict 😀
Seth0009 - Worst EI ever
Don’t get this game. It’s garbage. The EI is so bad and the random number roles are garbage. All game your numbers don’t get rolled and any game you’re doing ok the thief just rotates in your spaces. Learn to program dummies.
Summerbean22 - Waste of money
Campaign only available for a fee, you can play the exact same game for free by downloading catan universe instead. Wish I could get my $7 back.
Hipcheck34 - Yikes!!
Get ready to play the worst game of your life. Nothing like breaking a mirror under a ladder very roll. The roll chances are not realistic and as much as I like the game as a new player it’s not even close to the board game. I’m sure advanced players can manipulate the game but that’s not me.
Taouin - Game is rigged
Dice roll is rigged to allow bots to catch up. The amount of 7 being rolled every game is astounding. In all my games 7 comes out 1/3. 7 also always comes out every time someone as more that 7 cards. Every single time.
JessicaPaquette15 - Rigged AI
Rolls are not random. If you are doing well against the AI you will hit the worst run of bad luck ever. The AI isn’t programmed to be strong on harder settings, it just cheats by hitting the perfect numbers at the perfect times. Save your money.
20one3 - Great game but ...
This is an awesome game. I play against the computers because I don’t have time to dedicate to a live game.
My only complaint is that the computer cheats when rolling. I have tried all the configurations but I will still get long runs of dice rolls of numbers I don’t have, with the probability being impossible.
Retroguy777 - Good
MrTasher - Might be a bit pro AI
I would have to try the actual board game before being 100% if this is good or bad.
So far I have only build 2 settlements and 3 roads max in every game in over 10 games. Every time things are looking good for a second, next dice throw well hello there’s a 7 and I’m down to no resources again😂
Also it don’t seem to matter what numbers one goes for, dices seem to go with the AI’s selection the majority of times. It was an enjoyable game for the first 10 times. But now it has become a tad bit boring and therefore deleted. Maybe the real board game is better I’ll have to test it out.
Give it a try, you might have a more enjoyable time than me.
Trouble933 - Rigged dice
When playing vs computer the dice are rigged and will always roll against you. Mine just rolled a 9 and 7 ten times in a row to prevent me from collecting
Dissatisfied completely - Good game ruined by crappy AI.
Nice distraction except for a useless artificial intelligence for the computer players. That alone would make the game a 1 star, however I would rate the game a minus 10 because of the ridiculous lack of random dice rolls the developers have used to compensate for the lack of AI to make the game “difficult”.
Urka2020 - Boring
1. Looks like only 10% is unlocked for money you pay for the game.
2. Boring game process
Doesn’t worth money they asking for this game
503372 - Dice Rolls are not random
As soon as you get more victory points than any of the Ai players 7 starts to get rolled increasingly often and the human player is always chosen to be stolen from. It’s just ridiculous, you end up having all your resources stolen towards the end of the game so you can never build or trade. It happens consistently now with every new game I try to play.
King1471103 - Fun but Frustrating
Game closes constantly won’t load campaign’s closes the app as soon as you start campaign
Zen’ō - Super buggy game
The developers need to address the bugs in this game. Unplayable in its current state. Do not buy until you see reviews that say bugs are gone.
Vshahahbsksso - Don’t buy
You can only play one map that’s the same setup every time. It sucks
Jiggsdinner - Excellent game of catan. CPU not good
Review are funny. I’ve never lost a game. Bad dice rolls? Give me a break, you’re just bad
The game is fantastic; graphics, game play, visuals. I love playing it, however the cpu players are terrible. NEED HARDER OPPONENTS!!!! The condor is much to weak and limits the game entirely Please implement
Jm888-44 - À la hauteur du jeu original
Fidèle au jeu original, interface facile d’utilisation, fonction hors ligne incluse permettant de jouer même sans réseau.
Crappy AI - Crappy dice rolls
What annoys me about this game is that the AI seems to cheat. As a human player I never get an experience card. At the same time, the AI always seems to get them. Furthermore, my cities always get raided by barbarians while the AI gets points for repelling the barbarian hordes. In other words, what could have been a good gaming experience has been transformed by the poor AI into a rotten one.👎👎👎
Gjkvdf - It’s the game but crap app
Paid for this and it is indeed the game but the connection issues are out of this world insane.
I’ve got in 3 games without issues. Can’t play beyond that. Users dropping off line, dice not rolling, app crashing. I want my $ back. Don’t waste your $.
Jessemarch - Screen does not fit on Iphone
Could not click on the buttons as the screen does not fit on Iphone 12 screen. After I moved the robber with a dev card I could no longer see the button to roll or start my turn.
Creston wine lover - GLITCHES
Whenever AI builds on an oasis and the number on the hex is rolled.. when AI is selecting resources the game freezes and you have to quit the game!! Very very frustrating! Please fix this glitch!!
Angry Customer\ - Cheating computer
Still won’t tackle the cheating computer as it cuts off progress card use for the human player. Meanwhile the computer players get continuous progress card use. What’s also amazing is the number of times a seven is rolled if the human player won’t trade. Settlers of Catan is arguably the best board game on the market but it’s an absolute train wreck as a computer game. The developers must be very proud of their work, since they absolutely refuse to address these issues. I took their stupid advice, deleted and reinstalled the game. It did nothing except all the extra scenarios I paid for are gone.
DrSomeguy - Works well!!
Great job making this work for iPhones and iPads!! Just wish we could ignore certain players who continually drop.
Kheagy - Awesome!
Love that you don’t have to pay to play!
MadaraUchiha10 - Some bugs
Great game. It does have some bugs, but really can’t complain.
Danaaamm - ??
It refuses to let me play the game. It will not let me log in and after one attempt it changes everything to a different language and I have to close it down. Is there a way to get money back from App Store?
Cuzicantstop - AI is a little bit skewed
I don’t find much of a difference between the computer being on easy or hard. The difficulty setting is pretty much irrelevant.
Nathen19 - Altered purchased content
I purchased this game over a year ago and also purchased additional content. Had access to all the maps. Went to start playing the game again and the content that was purchased was changed and I no longer have access to that which I have previously paid for. The description of the content I had paid for was changed to a ‘lite’ version of additional content and if I want full access to that which I have previously paid for I would have to repurchase the content. And on top of it all there is content that was part of that which was purchased that is no longer even available. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY
Davidkida - Crash way too often
One of my favorite game but darn, crashed so many times and it’s kind of frustrating when you’re about to win! Could improve the randomness of the dices
1meeza - Not fun waiting
I’ve encountered so many times the dice don’t roll. The waiting and waiting is just too much. Needs timer and waiting to get in to play sux
Cjcosowoo - Glitch
There’s a glitch where you get kicked for idling too long even though you haven’t idled at all. This happens as the dice roll at the start of my turn… please fix it, it’s very annoying, can’t even play.
Ana222324 - Big failed
I paid 14$ to get all the extensions but since i bought it, i can’t play anymore. The appli crash down each times i try to start a new game. I wrote to them, nobody answered me. Wich could get my money back
DON’T BY NEVER
Bmann1989 - Fun/slow
Game is awesome but finding real oppents and oppents that pay attention for the sake of speed is frustrating sometimes.
Mal_27 - Not random
I literally went 9 dice rolls before i got a card.
Seem to get the exact same board setup over and over again.
Quite disappointed. Rather play the actual board game.
Laseifert78 - Horrible
The game is built for you to never win. I can never build a settlement let alone a city. No matter how many roads I build and how many resources I have I’m never able to build a settlement other than my original 2. Only the option to build a road is ever highlighted. The dice are also ridiculous.
JoJostarbuck78 - Update required!
Please update game....keeps crashing when playing online. Love the game but not worth the money if this keeps happening
Block master000985 - No trust in digital dice lol
Love the game, thanks 👍
Loupalex - Un jeu
Très bon jeu petit
Manque la campagne est pas assez longue j’en rajouterais plus !
Dora the exprolita - Doesn’t work
I loved the board game hence why i bought the app but it didn't even work to start an offline game I've tried about 10 times and none worked would love a refund or a bug fix
Fr3tish - Garbage
Game is total garbage don’t waste your time and certainly don’t pay for it.
Strchn86 - Game freezes after moving robber
So many great games spoiled by this bug
Honestly 2 - Fix the AI rolls
Total game rape by AI opponents! So ridiculous how the AI gang up on you. The rolls are not random and completely favor the opponents. They always get 7’s and, of course, block and take from you. The AI also plays a card and moves the thief onto your resource just as the dice magically rolls that exact number that you just got blocked on. And we can’t forget how they always have the cards to play on you to take the resource that you happen to have the most of. Seriously, do you not know how to program the game so that the game is fairly playable or do you just set it up to attack to make the game difficult? The game itself gets 5 stars cuz I love Playing the game. This version of the game gets only 1 star for its programming. And that is generous.
MountainsMakeMeSmile - Worst customer service
The sign in/forgot password system is broken. After making so many accounts so I can keep playing, even that doesn’t work anymore. I’ve reached out several times over 6 months (since April 2021) and haven’t been helped. For a paid app, it is so frustrating.
Pika22222 - Cheap- Don’t waste your money!!
I LOVE this game but, Would give this app zero stars if possible…
Even if you can put aside the unrealistic dice rolls and the overly cheating AI, the game freezes EVERY TIME WE PLAY! then proceeds to kick off a player in the middle of a game..
Complete waste of time and money
The app creator need to either hire someone who knows how make a proper app or sell to someone who can do better because this app is a tragedy
Tyson Wolowski - Worst Game Ever
Don’t waste your money. The computer has no idea how to play. It’s you vs three robots. Round after round you collect nothing and the computer works together against you. The rolls are rigged as well. You can go an entire game without one of your numbers ever being rolled. I can’t believe I spent my money on this terrible game.
Sohotr - Catan lover
I’mAddicted to this game! I’m hoping that you will add the 5-6 players and other expansions to the line up. I would definitely purchase them for this online game!
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